What is an "Indie" Author?
"Indie" is short for independent. But, what is an independent author?
The Southern Pen Bookshop recognizes any author who has chosen to use a small or independent press, hybrid publisher, vanity or subsidiary press, or self-publisher as the means of producing their works. An indie author is someone who either retains or has input on the creative aspect of their works and embodies an authorprenuerial spirit.
Why we only carry books by Indie Authors
Our vision for the Southern Pen Bookshop is to create a retail outlet that promotes independent authors and introduce them to our readers. As an independent bookstore and small business, we understand the level of competition created by larger entities. But, we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit and the American Dream of success.
What Makes Us Different for Indie Authors
Most bookstores will only agree to a consignment agreement and pay 60% of the sale to indie authors. Our authors rent their space in our shop and in return they receive 80% of their book sales. We do more than put a title in our shop. We become that author's biggest cheerleader. Our staff becomes acquainted with both the author and their book. This allows us to be able to make recommendations to our readers. Our indie authors are our Rock Stars.
When a reader purchases a book from The Southern Pen Bookshop, they are not only supporting our "little bookshop" but also a writer who has chosen to be independent and a small business, as well.